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Idli, Gossip Aur Dosa

When hunger strikes after a hunger-strike...

Idli, Gossip Aur Dosa Sanjay Rawat

For a spot where a few hundred were fasting for a cause, the most striking and paradoxical sight was of as many feasting on the side. In those four days of fighting for the Lokpal Bill, there was a frenzied consumption of idli, vada and masala dosa that flew briskly off the counter of South India Snacks Centre on Jantar Mantar Road, Delhi.

Run out of an NDMC-allotted kiosk for the past 20 years, the centre has been famous in Delhi for its fresh and hot South Indian snacks, especially the coconut chutney that its proprietor C. Kesavan Kutty proudly claims is made with “95 per cent fresh coconut”, no dal added. The centre’s most dedicated and loyal customers are the officegoers from the neighbourhood who troop in regularly during lunch hour for the value-for-money meals (idli, vada for Rs 20, masala dosa for Rs 25, the price having remained constant in the last three years).

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